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Philip Bump

Philip Bump

Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
Oversight

The Fight Over the Bundy Cows Will End as Civics 101, Not Fort Sumter II

Government is bringing its legal powers to bear on rancher who initiated an armed stand-off with BLM.

Defense

Senate Report: Torture Didn't Help Capture Osama bin Laden

The link between interrogation programs and the capture of bin Laden has been a frequent argument for defenders of the CIA's torture program.

Oversight

Obamacare Has Two Weeks to Enroll One Million People

Without a dramatic spike in enrollments, it's unlikely the administration will meet that goal.

Management

The Supreme Court Could Limit Obama's Executive Action Where It Matters Most: Climate Change

The question at stake is whether the EPA has the right to consider greenhouse gas emissions in industrial permits, and if it has the right to change the levels of pollution that it would allow.

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Oversight

Obama Thinks Both Sochi and Working Around Congress Are Risks Worth Taking

In an interview with CNN, the president says he would tell friends to go to the Olympics in Russia. And, he's not afraid to work around Congress to accomplish his goals.

Oversight

Homeland Security Blocked Information for Senators That It Already Gave to the Public

Department redacted drone flight data in congressional report but included it FOIA response to public group.

Defense

CIA: Maybe Dennis Rodman Works For Us, Maybe He Doesn't

A classic "neither confirm nor deny" response to an inquiry about the wacky ex-basketball star's visits to North Korea.

Tech

The Upside of NSA Reform Is Far Too Small for Obama to Ignore the Downside

The politics of fighting terrorism are heavily and incontrovertibly stacked against loosening surveillance systems.

Management

How Hillary Clinton Created the First Endless Presidential Campaign

It's possible the era of presidential campaign staffers finding temporary side gigs may have come to an end.

Oversight

Congress' 2014 Could Be Even Worse Than Its 2013

Voters are skeptical that the federal government can get much of anything done, a new Associated Press poll reports.

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Management

Americans See Big Government as a Threat in Record Numbers

It's viewed as three-and-a-half times as big a threat as 'big business' and 14 times the threat of 'big labor.'

Defense

Judge Says NSA's 'Almost-Orwellian' Data Collection Likely Violates Constitution

Monday's ruling will provide ammunition to those who've sought to eliminate NSA's ability to collect phone metadata.

Defense

Here's What NSA Wanted Its Employees to Talk About at Thanksgiving

Suggested talking points include that the agency obeys the law and prevents terror attacks.

Oversight

Shutdown Helps McAuliffe Win in Virginia

People affected by the shutdown voted for the Democrat by 57-36 percent.

Oversight

Obama's Approval Nears a New Low, Thanks to Congress

Fewer than four in 10 Americans approve of the job the president is doing.